LifeSpire of Virginia Mourns the Loss of Pamela Parsons, Ph.D., Board of Trustees

Pamela Parsons, Ph.D., served on the Board of Trustees for LifeSpire of Virginia since 2021. For over thirty years, she has dedicated her life to advocating for older adults through her work in healthcare, education and funded research. She received numerous awards, including the Mary C. Payne Award from the Senior Connections Capital Area on Aging, in recognition for her exemplary advocacy, leadership and service on behalf of older adults. As an educator, she was recognized with the Judith B. Collins and Joseph M. Teefey distinguished professor awards.

Parsons’s tireless efforts had a significant impact as an innovator for quality healthcare for senior adults, mentor to rising healthcare practitioners and leader to the organizations she supported. She led multi-million-dollar research efforts through initiatives such as the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, PIONEER, Virginia Geriatric Education Center, AARP and countless other programs. In her academic career, Parson held appointments in the school of nursing, internal medicine and pharmacology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also served as an adjunct faculty member for J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

Parsons was an invaluable resource on clinical and nursing-related issues for LifeSpire of Virginia while she served on the Board of Trustees. “We are saddened by the loss of Dr. Parsons,” said Jonathan Cook, President and CEO of LifeSpire of Virginia. “Her impact as a trusted advisor and board member for LifeSpire of Virginia was immeasurable. We are grateful for her leadership, guidance and commitment to quality healthcare for senior adults.”